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What makes Human Geography at Worcester special?

Never have questions of social, economic, cultural and political change been so central to our lives as they are today - in our hyper-accelerated culture, change is fast and dynamic. Human Geography is your opportunity to answer some of the great questions of our time, questions of people and planet.

Whether being challenged by the elements in the Cairngorms, or using a Roman arena in France as an impromptu presentation venue, you’ll have plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the greatest learning resource of all, our world.

Key features

  • All fieldwork opportunities are free, from day trips to overseas adventures
  • Small classes allow for intensive fieldwork and more rewarding exploration of ideas
  • Excellent resources, including a new digital mapping and visualisation suite, and laboratories
  • Strong links with employers enable innovative third year projects

“For my degree, I wanted to combine the two subjects that I was most keen to pursue further, and to develop my own interests in. Human Geography and Sociology, although based in different departments, possess significant overlaps, which provided me with a holistic understanding of a number of social processes and practices. This was one of the reasons why I chose the University of Worcester for my degree; the ability to be able to study both subjects in conjunction with each other.

"Overall, my degree has not only enhanced my subject knowledge in the disciplines that I have studied, but also provided me with a number of skills and strategies that have enabled me to use these to my advantage. My course allowed flexibility in the modules with which I studied, which gave me the opportunity to explore in further detail my own personal interests.”

Liam Wright

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

104-120 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please note that shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Geographical Investigations
  • People and Place
  • Country and the City
  • Unequal World


  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Environmental Issues: Past, Present and Future
  • Science and Politics of Climate Change

Year 2


  • Geography Field Course
  • Researching Human Geography
  • Contemporary Debates in Human Geography


  • Geographies of Development
  • Rural Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

Year 3


  • Independent Study in Human Geography
  • Changing Places Field course


  • Work Placement
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • Political Geography
  • Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Architecture and the Built Heritage
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Geographies and Disability

In your first year you will explore the fundamentals of this exciting and dynamic subject, learning subject knowledge and skills essential for more advanced study. Modules at this level allow you to find out more about the fascinating research and consultancy activities undertaken by staff, whose enthusiasm for their topics is infectious!

What really sets this course apart from others is its practical, hands-on emphasis. As a student at Worcester, you will enjoy a generous fieldwork programme, seminars, computer-based practicals and a friendly and supportive learning environment. These activities help you to understand subject knowledge and develop a wide range of specialist and transferable skills, invaluable for employment or further study. This approach, repeatedly praised by external experts, is complemented by an assessment strategy that focuses on coursework rather than formal examinations.  

Read our 'Guide to Geography'

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Think geographically and critically assess the reciprocal relationships between physical and human aspects of environments and landscapes at a range of scales
  • Plan, design and execute a piece of original geographical research using a diverse range of analytical and observational strategies
  • Work effectively in a variety of interpersonal situations that will enhance your communication and employability skills
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to a range of contemporary geographical issues facing the earth and its people, and the evaluation of the policies which attempt to confront those issues
  • Employ a variety of social survey and interpretative methods for the collection, analysis and understanding of information from the human world.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures, seminars, computer practicals, local and residential fieldwork, individual and group project work, virtual fieldcourses, tutorials and work placements
  • The emphasis on fieldwork and practical work is a distinctive feature of the programme, allowing you to develop specialist and transferable skills that will provide you with the edge in further study and employment



Where could it take you?


The knowledge and skills acquired in Human Geography, together with the ability to think critically about the world we live in, are useful in many different careers.

This course will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), research and teaching.

Geography graduates have a good track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Human Geography BA (Hons) - L701 BSc/HG


Joint Honours:
Business Management and Human Geography - LN72
Human Geography and Environmental Science - 5DL4
Human Geography and History - 7L6V
Human Geography and Media & Culture - 7L8P
Human Geography and Politics: People & Power - 7L1L
Human Geography and Sport Studies - 7CL2
Human Geography and Sociology - LL7H


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.


Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Head of Geography and Archaeology

Dr Cheryl Jones
01905 855425 

Departmental Office

Lisa Hopkins
01905 855201